Must Parking Garages Be So Ugly?

  • 23 Sep 2013
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1111 Lincoln Road in Miami by Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Nelson Garrido/1111Lincoln Road Shot Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP

In his column in Providence JournalDavid Brussat questions why parking garages can’t be designed to better compliment their surroundings. He believes that these utilitarian spaces should look like they “belong in a city,” rather than resembling “a giant set of concrete shelves.” He also examines cities which achieve this aim – incorporating styles from Art Deco to Neo-classical – and comes to the interesting conclusion that Richmond, Virginia is the “mecca of decks.” You can read the full article here.

Cite: Stott, Rory. "Must Parking Garages Be So Ugly?" 23 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • zahra

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  • Joseph N. Biondo

    Parking structures should be expressive for what they are and not try to be embellished as something they are not. The Rudolph project is a great example of pushing the building type.